Patriarch off 'Duck Dynasty' after gay comments

Phil Robertson suspended indefinitely.
Associated Press
Dec 19, 2013

"Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson — suspended from the series indefinitely after making disparaging remarks about gays — is getting some support from key followers.

Sarah Palin posted a picture on her Facebook page of her with the reality show clan with the message, "Free Speech is an endangered species." And Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal also lamented the suspension on free speech terms.

"It's a messed-up situation when Miley Cyrus gets a laugh, and Phil Robertson gets suspended," said the governor in a statement Thursday (the show is filmed in his state.

A&E announced Wednesday what it called a "hiatus" for Robertson, 67, after he disparaged gays in the January edition of GQ magazine. He also said that, growing up in Louisiana before the Civil Rights movement, he never saw mistreatment of blacks.

In a statement, A&E said it was extremely disappointed to see Robertson's anti-gay remarks, which it said were based on his personal beliefs and do not reflect those of A&E Networks or the show. A&E Networks, a joint venture of The Walt Disney Co. and Hearst Corp., called itself a supporter of the lesbian and gay community.

The channel's move was lauded by the gay and lesbian media advocacy group GLAAD, which had quickly condemned Robertson's comments.

"What's clear is that such hateful anti-gay comments are unacceptable to fans, viewers, and networks alike," said GLAAD spokesman Wilson Cruz. Robertson's removal "has sent a strong message that discrimination is neither a Christian nor an American value."

Robertson and his extended family became wealthy manufacturing duck calls and were turned into TV and pop culture stars by "Duck Dynasty," which has set cable ratings records for a non-fiction series. Several family members appeared in this year's Macy's Thanksgiving parade.

In his GQ interview, Robertson was asked his definition of sinful behavior.

"Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there," such as bestiality, he said.

GQ said he then paraphrases a biblical reference: "Don't be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers — they won't inherit the kingdom of God. Don't deceive yourself. It's not right."

Robertson and his family had no comment on his hiatus, A&E said on their behalf. He may be in some previously taped scenes when the show returns Jan. 15 for its fifth season, a network spokesman said.

Robertson did respond to initial criticism of his GQ remarks.

"I myself am a product of the '60s" who indulged in sex and drugs until hitting bottom and accepting Jesus as his savior, he said in a statement. Although his mission is to teach people that men and women are meant to be together, Robertson said he "would never treat anyone with disrespect" because they are different.

In the interview, he also said that in his Louisiana youth he picked cotton with African-Americans and never saw "the mistreatment of any black person. Not once."

"We're going across the field.... They're singing and happy. I never heard one of them, one black person, say, 'I tell you what: These doggone white people' — not a word!" Robertson told the magazine.

A&E said it had received no complaints about those remarks.

 

Comments

pntbutterandjelly

"Openly Christian?" Who may I ask was Mary Magdoline? What was her lot in life? What high Christian Savior did she hang out with? Did he publically shun her? Why do so many who are "supposed" Christians do the opposite of what the Good Lord said to do and actually demonstrated for us to follow? Why? My theory is, "They are not as Christ-like as they think they are BUT....they MUST exclaim their rightousness to the world for all to see and hear. He11 is full of religious zealots, misfits and wannabes.
Please...re-read the Holy Scriptures with an open mind.

nobodycares

Openly gay

Darwin's choice

Funny isn't it? The morals in our country have definately gone down the crapper.
Or, up the crapper for all you gays....

mikeylikesit

ha! so true. still, I gotta laugh!

JudgeMeNot

The gay lobby bullies are at it again. Conservatives are a very attractive target for the liberal media.

The Big Dog's back

Who owns this "liberal media"?

Darwin's choice

ABC

JMOP

And Disney

The New World Czar

...and MSNBC/NBC, subsidiaries of a corporation lead by Jeffrey Immelt, one of Obama's cronies.

The Big Dog's back

All Repubs.

Nemesis

You're delusional.

John Harville

Nope.. All Republicans.

Nemesis

Right, because you've been such a well of accuracy, eh?

John Harville

When you don't have an argument, attack. Right?

pntbutterandjelly

That's because they (the ultra-conservatives)are beyond "conservative" and have found their way to a new all-time low. "The pendulum takes time to re-balance but it WILL re-balance itself. Actually.....the media you referred to heavily tilts toward the starboard side.

Kingsin

I believe its time for anyone who holds to traditional family values in America to come to the sad realization that the progressives who have a lock on the educational community, hold the media within their pocket, and who keep corporations in abject terror of reprisal if they do not uphold their views and values- to announce defeat. We live in a post-Christian society- period. I believe it is only going to grow worse until before long all dissenting views will be deemed hate speech, and they will have the power of the legal system to muzzle and imprison. If you doubt that or feel it's too dark of a picture, simply look to our north to Canada which has already jailed pastors because they chose to express their beliefs on homosexuality in the public forum. The days of the thought police are upon us and damned be anyone that gets in their way.

topcop1991

What ever happened to being able to voice an opinion? Geez, some of these liberals need to get a life and stop being so thin skinned. Personally what anyone does in their lives is their business, but I don't need to hear about it. Don't flaunt it!

The Big Dog's back

So now you want to tell a business how to run their business?

Darwin's choice

Moron. Here's the new obamacare commercial, this should really get the signups going!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a...

Nemesis

"So now you want to tell a business how to run their business?"

Definitely,
-if they expect me as a customer,
-if they advocate something like tolerance, don't practice it, and expect me to accord them any credibility.

John Harville

Especially roaring accolades about the glories of vaginas - apparently more than one. Yeah, Phil respects women,huh?

The Big Dog's back

So true.

Darwin's choice

And yet, other networks keep douche bags such as Piers Morgan in your face......

A and E has cut off their nose.......

Kingsin

Darwin, I clicked your link and watched all of about 25 seconds worth. Thats all just great isn't it. I know many will laugh at this, and its a bit off point- but I remember when I was little my parents not allowing me to watch- of all things- here it comes- three's company! Because it depicted a guy pretending to be gay living with two women- and that was nearly taboo in its day! Now look at whats splattered all over the tube and even endorsed by our government. nice

Darwin's choice

See my post above.

It's truely sad that Phil and Kay are "not the norm", but kanye and kim are......

And, you're giving your age away, that was "way back when people had morals".

John Harville

anye and Kim are 'the norm'.

Whoa are you FOXed.

Barach and Michelle are the norm for those of us who managed to live through the 60s and 70s without having to 'find Jesus' cuz we already knew him; for those of us who still are married to and in love with our first wives; those of us who believe children deserve two parents - instead of steps, and live-ins, and 'uncles' and 'aunts'.... and the 52% of us who believe people should marry whom they love and adopt children and provide stable homes....

Kingsin

agreed I know, I'm a dying breed. Some who have responded to my "outdated views" - want me dead sooner than later.

John Harville

...and look what's splattered all over this blog.

Oh, the morality!!!

oheaglefl

I think this whole thing was a total set up. After all GQ did not have to print what Phil said. I think it was done so they could sell more of there magazines. This was done in a magazine article not a tv program, so what does that really have to do with their show. I love Duck Dynasty(no naked people, no swearing to get bleeped, no obscene gestures with foam fingers and etc.) Just a nice family show, hey some kids might just learn something about family values watching it, cause they sure aren't learning them watching some of the nasty azz shows that are on now. I hope this all blows over and they return Phil or the Robertsons should tell A&E to shove their station up their butts and go somewhere else or just retire the show.

red white and blue

I wonder if our founding fathers are shedding a tear looking down at how we as a country look like spoiled disrespectful brats.That have turned the United States of America in to a anything goes freefall! Those of us us that still have MORALS AND BELEAVE IN FAMILY ARE A DIEING BREED

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